Bob Gatty
Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.
SGR fix may also help preserve Stark exception
It appears that Congress is finally determined to provide a permanent solution to the annual Medicare fee payment crisis, and there is a possibility that the process also could reduce pressure to end an exception to the Stark self-referral law upon which many urologists have come to rely.
AUA protests proposed CMS payment caps
While it is still unclear whether and how Congress will reform the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula in time to avoid a 25% payment cut beginning in January, many physician groups, including the AUA, are adamantly opposed to another key component of the proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
The clock is ticking for passing SGR reform
For the first time since the Medicare fee schedule crisis began after the sustainable growth rate formula was included in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, there is realistic hope that Congress will reform the way Medicare physicians are paid for their services.
AUA, allies critical of GAO self-referral report
Major organizations representing urology are livid at the conclusions of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which basically accuses urology practices with in-office intensity-modulated radiation therapy facilities of ripping off Medicare.
Organized urology finds allies on self-referral
As the pressure continues to build in Washington to tighten the screws on the in-office ancillary services exception to provisions of the Stark self-referral law, key organizations representing urology are looking for allies on Capitol Hill to preserve that piece of business for urologists.
Urotrauma bill may have platform for passage
A national crisis over huge Veterans Administration backlogs in providing medical benefits to soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq may be providing the platform for congressional consideration of legislation aimed at addressing urotrauma injuries incurred in combat.
Specialty alliance lays out requests for pay fix
The push to reform Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula continues in Washington, with support for SGR repeal coming from leading House of Representatives committees.
Support, momentum build for SGR repeal
The possibility of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula being repealed continues to strengthen in Washington following release in February of a new report by the Congressional Budget Office that cut the estimated cost that would be incurred by nearly 50%.
Republican proposal would eliminate SGR
In what could be a significant development in the battle over the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, a new proposal has emerged from Capitol Hill offering hope for reforming the SGR.
Sequester cuts could have far-reaching effects
Sequester cuts could endanger the medical work force, as well as access to care.

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